// 325 jobs lost as Better Bathrooms falls into administration
// Better Bathroom stores, trade counters and warehouses have all closed down
// FRP Advisory appointed administrators late last week
More than 300 jobs have been lost after the UK’s largest independent bathroom retailer, Better Bathrooms, called in administrators late last week.
The bath, tiles and decorating retailer has 13 stores and two trade counters, all of which have closed its doors and ceased trading.
FRP Advisory was appointed as joint administrators on Friday.
The administrators said 325 staff members have been made redundant.
However, 10 head office and warehouse function staff have been retained on a temporary basis to assist with the administration process.
Joint administrator Phil Pierce said: “The challenges facing the UK retail industry are well known and and are puttng immense pressure on businesses operating in the sector.
“Unfortunately, Better Bathrooms has suffered from severe cashflow difficulties and and an extended period of soft trading, which has forced the business into administration.
“Without significant investment or the cash to continue trading, the difficult decision was made to cease trading.”
Pierce added that they would be working with affected staff to support their claims through the Redundancy Payments service.
The collapse came after Better Bathrooms’ customers were predicting its demise on social media amid delays to the deliveries, just hours before FRP Advisory were appointed administrators.
Pierce said they would be writing to all customers “as soon as possible”.
The administrators also asked that any parties interested in acquiring the assets of Better Bathrooms should come forward as soon as possible.